Big Sur Valley is about 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 26 miles south of Carmel on California's Central Coast in Monterey County.
Kirk Creek Campground, (877) 444-6777, http://www.recreation.gov, is on the western side of Highway 1 near Milepost 19 in southern Big Sur. It has 37 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, pedestal barbecues and restroom facilities. Sites are $22 a night.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, (800) 444-7275, http://www.reserveamerica.com, is about a quarter of a mile south of Milepost 47 on the eastern side of Highway 1 in Big Sur Valley. It has more than 200 sites equipped with all the above. Standard sites are $35 a night.
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For a list of active Big Sur area campgrounds, go to http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/camping.html